Former Golden Shoe winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez loom on the horizon.

Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain continues to set the pace at the head of the ESM Golden Shoe standings.

The Argentinian scored the opener in his side’s 5-1 win over Mmpoli last weekend to take his tally for the season to 23. That places Higuain one clear of Benfica’s ‘Jonas’ and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, both of whom scored braces at the weekend.

That trio are being hotly pursued by a pair of former winners of the Golden Shoe. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the holder and a four-time winner of the award and Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, who shared the trophy with the Portuguese forward in 2013-14, are now level on 19 goals with the early-season pacesetter, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Jamie Vardy has made a return to the top ten after he scored both goals in Leicester City’s 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday night. The first of those goals, a stunning volley struck from outside the penalty area, was a contender for goal of the season.

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POS PLAYER TEAM GOALS FACTOR PTS
1. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) 22 x 2 = 44
2. ‘Jonas’ Goncalves (Benfica) 21 x 2 = 42
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) 20 x 2 = 40
4. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) 19 x 2 = 38
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 19 x 2 = 38
Luis Suárez (FC Barcelona) 19 x 2 = 38
7. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 18 x 2 = 36
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) 18 x 2 = 36
8. Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw) 22 x 1,5 = 33
‘Alex Teixeira‘ Santos (Shakhtar Donetsk) 22 x 1,5 = 33
Eran Zahavi (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 22 x 1,5 = 33
11. Islam Slimani (Sporting) 16 x 2 = 32
‘Neymar’ da Silva Santos (Barcelona) 16 x 2 = 32
14. ‘Borja’ González Tomás Eibar) 15 x 2 = 30
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 15 x 2 = 30
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 15 x 2 = 30
16. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) 19 x 1,5 = 28,5
17. Odion Ighalo (Watford) 14 x 2 = 28
Thomas Müller (FC Bayern Munich) 14 x 2 = 28
Tomas Radzinevicius (FK Süduva Marijampole) 28 x 1 = 28
20. Fernando Cavenaghi (APOEL Nicosia) 18 x 1,5 = 27
21. Aritz Adúriz (Athletic Bilbao) 13 x 2 = 26
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 13 x 2 = 26
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) 13 x 2 = 26
Javier Hernández (Bayer Leverkusen) 13 x 2 = 26
‘Lucas’ Pérez (Deportivo La Coruña) 13 x 2 = 26
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) 13 x 2 = 26
Bruno Daniel Moreira (Paços de Ferreira) 13 x 2 = 26
28. David Arshakyan (FK Trakai) 25 x 1 = 25
Richard Towell (Dundalk) 25 x 1 = 25
30. Imanol Agirretxe (Real Sociedad) 12 x 2 = 24
Paulo Dybala (Juventus) 12 x 2 = 24
‘Eder’ Citadin (Sampdoria/Internazionale) 12 x 2 = 24
Kévin Gameiro (Sevilla) 12 x 2 = 24
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 12 x 2 = 24
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) 12 x 2 = 24
Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) 16 x 1,5 = 24
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 12 x 2 = 24
Ingemar Teever (Levadia Tallinn) 24 x 1 = 24
40. Kostas Fortounis (Olympiakos) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Deniss Rakels (Cracovia Kraków) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
Nikolai Yanush (Shakhtyor Saligorsk) 15 x 1,5 = 22,5
43. Carlos Bacca (Milan) 11 x 2 = 22
Gerard Gohou (FC Kairat Almaty) 22 x 1 = 22
Alexander Søderlund (Rosenborg BK) 22 x 1 = 22
46. Emir Kujovic (IFK Norrköping) 21 x 1 = 21
Klaemint Olsen (NSÍ Runavik) 21 x 1 = 21
Jonatan Soriano (Red Bull Salzburg) 14 x 1,5 = 21
Lukas Spalvis (Aalborg BK) 14 x 1,5 = 21
50. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) 20 x 1 = 20
Josip Ilicic (Fiorentina) 10 x 2 = 20
Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) 10 x 2 = 20
‘Léo Bonatini’ Lohner Maia (GD Estoril-Praia) 10 x 2 = 20
Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) 10 x 2 = 20
Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin) 10 x 2 = 20
Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) 10 x 2 = 20
Andrei Panyukov (Atlantas Klaipeda) 20 x 1 = 20
Leonardo Pavoletti (Genoa) 10 x 2 = 20
Arturas Rimkevicius (Stumbras Kaunas) 20 x 1 = 20
Arnaldo Antonio Sanabria (Sporting Gijon) 10 x 2 = 20

Standings last updated 03/02/2016

Rules

Only the leading five countries – Spain, Italy, Germany, England and Portugal – in the UEFA rankings have two as their multiplier. This is to emphasise the difference in (international) performance level between clubs from those countries and those of other nations.A player cannot play first in a summer league (e.g. Norway) and then in a winter league (e.g. Spain) and combine the points totals for each season.